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Monday, 4 June 2018

How to keep fit on holiday with your family

Keeping your fitness routine on your holidays tends to go out of the window, plus everyone expects it to be put on pause.
However, if you love exercising then why should you not continue on your holidays? Of course your not going to have the time or to even want to waste time on holiday in a gym.

So here I have put together a few ways to keep fit whilst you are away.

#1 Wake up early and head to the gym (if they have one). This means it will not affect anyone and no one can judge you for wanting to train.. for some people training is a chore but for others it is actually a pleasure.

#2 Set a timer for 20 minuets and jump around in your room or balcony. No equipment is needed and no-one can moan because you are present. Of course it will be broken exercise because of your kids but just blast what you can. I totally do this whilst I am away especially when hubby' is in the shower so I don't look so ridiculous in-front of him haha. (Holiday workout attached below)

#3 Walk as much as you can. If you have young children make sure you take a buggy/double as you can just pop them in a speed walk around a few places, or even just around the facilities. 

#4 Swim....... this is slightly difficult, especially when you have young kids but even jumping around in the water is moving, so just take the opportunity that you can to get a little something in. Or ask your partner or family(who ever you are with) to just watch them for 10-20mins and go and give yourself a power swim.

#5 Chasing after your children. Especially if you have young ones... it is inevitable that you are going to be exercising 24/7 because you have to follow every move.

#6 Join in on the resorts' sports and activities especially if your babies can get involved. Or again just ask for 20-30mins... (I am terrible at asking but I'm working on it.. hehe...)

#7 Ask your partner or family/friend to get the kids ready for dinner and head out for a quick jog. Again 20-30mins is all you are asking for out of the whole holiday.

#8 Pop to the local park and train in the park whilst your kids are playing, you could even do this everyday which means every day you get to train. Gives you a lil routine whilst being away too and means you do not have to rely on anyone.

Hope these have helped to give you some inspiration. Exercising makes me feel good.. even if it is just a little something. If it is important to you than make sure you do incorporate it into your holidays.
Also remember that your eating habits do not need to go crazily out of the window either, you want to feel good whilst your away right? So don't ruin everything you have done just to take advantage of the buffet. 
Food will always be there it doesn't mean you have to eat it all. 
Of course have your treats more regularly and enjoy yourself but you don't need to go crazy unless it does make you feel good. 


Here is a 10 minute holiday workout that I did whilst I were away. 
Only 6 exercises to work your entire body and no equipment needed. 
Legs (20 repetitions), Arms (20 reps), Cardio (30seconds), Core (10 each leg), Cardio (30 seconds), Abs (20reps). 
Repeat 3-4 times if you can. 

Have a guilt free holiday 

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Friday, 24 November 2017

Having Children and Having Your Career

Do you ever feel so torn between your career and being a mum? Or the amount of guilt you feel because you want to do something or even one thing for yourself whilst being mummy?

I do.....

I read an article the other day from Fergie the pop singer (in the dailymail) and it just caught my attention and I really felt I could relate to some of the things she mentioned...She started the article off with this statement;
"As a woman... the men can have all the career in the world and still have children. If you're a mum and you have a career... it's the mummy shaming: you can't do that anymore, you're a mum!."

This really saddens me... the amount of intensity and loneliness us a mums already go through transitioning from an independent ambitious woman to then becoming a mummy- where your life goes on hold for that first year/two/ten years/ever and then you hear 'mummy shaming'... *sad face*
 Luckily I actually do not come across 'mummy shaming', I actually come across ' How the f**k do you parent full time and work self employed WITH NO NANNY' .... that in itself literally says 'Career out the window...- because it is hard... however it is possible- I am doing it and so are a lot of other mummies!'

She then pulls me in even more as she mentions about her first time leaving her child to go to the studio and was in floods of tears.... now how many people can relate to this? ... definitely me
I remember the first time I left Carter (my first) I was crying so much.. and even with Jaxton-Black(11 month old) I cried and cheered at the same time hehe- second time round is definitely a little bit different because there is no breathing time...so you do look forward to breathing/going toilet on your own hehe. Leaving your kids is very hard but I do believe it can be healthy for you and for them to an extent, however some have no choice which I completely understand too...

Fergie (pop singer) then quoted;

"What am I supposed to do? I love singing and dancing. It is who I am as a human."

This I can incredibly relate too.... Incredibly relate too. I absolutely love my career- I love helping women through their pregnancy and postpregnancy- it is who I am but I obviously adore my babies too. Men or even just the one with the biggest income' can actually have the best of both worlds' but just because you do not bring in the most money does that mean you career should take the backseat? Your career is just as important- it is you.... and what if your career actually has the potential to be big? Of course your babies will always be your number one but you are allowed to be you too...
I think us mothers put a lot of guilt on ourselves- too much guilt... when we are entitled to have a life too.. ' A Happy Mummy- A Happy Home' and I truly believe that.

I remember having my first baby boy; Carter. I did literally give up my career and it made me feel like shit. I felt I had lost my identity- the person I were, I remember having really down days. So this time round I have pushed my career even more and kept myself in the loop and returned to work much quicker. To be honest I do look forward to work it's actually a little break/a refresher, when I train my clients/teach my classes I feel like Kimmy and not just mummy'mummy..hehe...

With my work growing and becoming more demanding- time is needed and not just the time when I put my babies to sleep because there is a lot of times I actually pass out with them or sacrifice my time with my hubby...- the mum life hey...
So I have decided to make a plan of action and get some help with my 11 month old whilst my elder goes to preschool mon-weds...
However.....have I made it happen.... nope... why? because I feel blimen guilty... I feel I am the best for him, I want to be with him...... But in all honesty I need some help.... I basically run this ship by myself as hubby does hours from 6am-9pm tues-fri and half day sat- and my parents unfortunately do not live local and plus they are quite old.

I believe there are a lot of women out there just like me... torn between having their kids and their career- it is very hard. I think we need to find a balance.. maybe a good 2-3 days of work?... you are allowed your own life too.
We sacrifice so so much... I believe we need to be a little kind to ourselves. Having your first child is a massive life changing situation- mostly for the woman. I would say it takes at least a year to actually get in the swing of being a mummy....
If you are passionate about your career why not have both?! Make it happen- and that goes to myself too... this mummy is on it!

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Can I plank after pregnancy?

Lets jump straight to it.... should you plank after pregnancy?

No.... to my Knowledge/Research/My Opinion.... No you should not plank straight after pregnancy... Not until your body is strong enough to hold your own bodyweight' with good technique... i.e at least 9 months post-pregnancy to be on the safe side

My first forward-facing plank; 11 months postpartum
What is a plank exercise?
As you can see above it is a bodyweight exercise that your whole body holds itself as stiff as a board primarily targeting your core- the muscles that connect your upper and lower body as well as your shoulders, arms and glutes.

Now I want you to think about getting your post pregnancy body into a plank position.... this would mean you are basically holding most of your bodyweight on your postpartum core- your tummy and back- AFTER 40 weeks (plus or less) of pregnancy!
Look at my body below... does my body look like it could hold it self strongly in my core? no it doesn't and most women's body won't. I wouldn't even recommend to the most fittest of women' to plank through their postpartum journey. I would consider myself to be quite/very fit and strong and I have only just started to front-face-plank and I am 11 months postnatal from my second child.
After 9 months of your abdominals stretching, muscles weakening, joints' loosening, your spine alignment changing to suit your growing uterus, Do you really think your core is ready to hold most of your bodyweight?...


 
This is my early postnatal body.. Do I look ready to plank? My uterus is still quite enlarged which takes at least 6 weeks to go down after birth, you can see I clearly have no abdominal strength and you can even see I have hardly any strength in my glutes/arms/shoulders and mostly a weak back too.  
Take a look at the requirement from a plank exercise' ...Your entire body faces horizontally down holding yourself up with your forearms/shoulders and toes meaning that your whole body from your toes to your shoulders are basically depending on your abdominals... Sounds kind of ouch right?... Now we all know what our postpartum tummy is like... a hanging/loose tummy- whether its skin or muscle we have all experienced it....I remember in my first post-pregnancy recovery I turned to my side in bed and my tummy just hung to the side too... and its blimen normal- you have just grown and carried a baby. However, allowing your tummy to just hang exposed in that plank position will cause you more damage than good- even if you can hold it for a hour.

Look at my early postpartum-body- if I started planking I could tell you what kind of tummy I would have now.. a very similar kind to that early postnatal picture above and most likely with diastasic recti (abdominal separation) too. Unfortunately this tummy shaping post birth is very common and it could happen to you or it is you- not just because you planked but maybe because you wanted a quick fix instead of the appropriate journey.
Planking too early post-birth can deform your postnatal tummy muscles because you really do too much pressure inappropriately on your abdominals that are already over stretched and out of shape. Planks do not focus on shortening the abdominals and focus on strengthening the transverse abdominis muscles. Planks focus on holding your bodyweight on your core so you ideally need to have strength prior to planking and you definitely need to know how to engage with your abdominal muscles.

So when can I plank?

I would advise that you plank when you are able to;

  • Connect with your transverse abdominis muscles 
  • When you can prevent your tummy muscles from hanging' (abdominal engagement)
  • When you have 1 finger or less gap between your abdominal muscles 
  • When you are able to stay out of your lower back
  • When you can comfortably hold your tummy without your tummy doming' (i.e tummy tensed in a point shape out)

This is when you can start to plank....And when you do start to plank focus on technique rather than how long you can hold it for.
 I have only just started to forward face plank and I am 11 months postnatal.. even when I teach my abdominal classes in my early postpartum journey I would demonstrate and not participate because it was too much for me and I didn't want to cause damage.

Now is the time more than ever to invest in yourself...
I run a 6 month postnatal- myMummyFitness journey that will guide your through a safe and effective recovery to provide you with appropriate exercises to help strengthen and rebuild you postpartum body. Strengthening your body to the mumma needs' and get your sexy on not back! You are totally allowed to invest in yourself. Join now and email me we can do this together; mymummyfitness@gmail.com

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Myself with my two boys
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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Enhance Your Breastmilk Supply With Lactation Cookies


Need more breastmilk?

Soooo I was talking to a lovely Mumma across the pond' and she mentioned a secret recipe for increasing breastmilk- so I decided to look it up and my gosh it worked! I instantly spread the work! 

Breast feeding can be very stressful- yes it's an amazing if you can actually do it and it means you literally have milk on tap but the stress can literally interrupt your milk supply- the more you stress the more you struggle.. and you totally have to put your mind to it...Sometimes I would say to myself- relax, come breastmilk, relax come breastmilk... Don't get me wrong I felt like a natural a breastfeeding but I did find my exercise did decrease my milk supply. Which is why I need to seek for help and in all honesty it worked for myself and for my friends- and they actually taste good too!


So here you have it; Lactation Cookies


Prep time: approx. 15 minutes Oven temp: preheat to 170C or 338F Makes approx. 14-16 cookies, using a dessert spoon per cookie (double the recipe for more) - .

  • 1 cup self raising wholemeal flour (if you have plain flour, add 1/2 teaspoon baking powder- I went for Gluten free flour, others used coconut flour) 
  • 1/2 cup butter (for a healthier option, use organic virgin coconut oil instead- def opt for coconut oil)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (if you want to reduce sugar, you could try just 1/2 cup or add in some fruits for a natural sweetness) 
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal 
  • 1 egg 
  • 2-3 tablespoons of water (depends on how moist you prefer the cookies to be) 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional, for flavour) 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional, for flavour) 
  • 1-2 tablespoons of brewers yeast – DO NOT substitute bakers yeast or any other yeast 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt – use himalayan salt if possible 
  • 1 & 1/2 cups oats – organic, steel cut oats are best for you, but rolled oats are fine - 

See more at: http://www.bellybelly.com.au/breastfeeding/lactation-cookies/


Once I got to grips with the ingredients I ended throwing everything in- theres no time to measure things hehe....I also ended up adding things putting my own yummy but healthy to it for example; mash some bananas in and throw in some raisins. 
However if you do do this never leave out the oats and brewers yeast! They are literally the main breastmilk enhancer ingredient- especially Brewers yeast!

Enjoy and Spread the word to any mummies, mummies-to-be

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